Juan Soto
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A fractured right ankle, hamate bone surgery and hamstring strain combined to limit one of the game's most exciting young prospects to just 32 games in 2017. That didn't stop him from reminding dynasty-league owners of his extreme upside when he was on the field. Soto's 172 wRC+ ranked third among Sally League hitters with at least 80 plate appearances. He walked more than he struck out, despite being the third youngest hitter to spend the majority of his season in that league. In addition to an elite approach and hit tool, Soto projects to provide 30-plus homer power in his prime seasons, but he won't generate much value with his legs. Given how advanced his bat is, it would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to the Carolina League after just 23 games at Low-A. The ankle and hamate injuries seem flukey, so while it's obviously concerning that he couldn't stay healthy in his first full season, it would be a mistake to discount him too much. All the tools are here for Soto to finish the season as a top-five prospect. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Nationals in July of 2015 that includes a $1.5 million signing bonus.
Slugs 20th homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 15, 2018
Soto went 1-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 10-5 loss to the Braves.
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That's now four homers in the last four games and 20 on the season for the teenager, and Soto has pushed his slash line back up to .303/.417/.534. He's locked in a dogfight with Atlanta's Ronald Acuna -- who himself had a big game Friday, falling a homer short of a cycle -- for NL Rookie of the Year, and this weekend's head-to-head clash could go a long way towards determining the winner.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .914 111 17 7 21 0 .303 .378 .535
Since 2016vs Right .938 343 55 13 43 5 .296 .424 .514
2018vs Left .914 111 17 7 21 0 .303 .378 .535
2018vs Right .938 343 55 13 43 5 .296 .424 .514
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .937 215 35 5 30 0 .310 .451 .485
Since 2016Away .926 239 37 15 34 5 .288 .378 .548
2018Home .937 215 35 5 30 0 .310 .451 .485
2018Away .926 239 37 15 34 5 .288 .378 .548
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Juan Soto compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.76
 
BB Rate
16.0%
 
K Rate
21.0%
 
BABIP
.351
 
ISO
.219
 
AVG
.296
 
OBP
.409
 
SLG
.515
 
OPS
.925
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
While he has not yet played above short-season ball, Soto made too much noise with his bat last year to qualify as an under-the-radar target in dynasty league drafts. He was seen as an advanced hitter with above-average power potential when the Nationals signed him out of the Dominican Republic for $1.5 million in 2015. So far, Soto has delivered on that promise and then some. He slashed .368/.420/.553 with five home runs, five steals and a 29:17 K:BB in 51 games across stops in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues, all before turning 18. It is quite rare for a player with the potential for plus power to be showing off an excellent approach and a plus hit tool against professional pitching at an age when most players are between their junior and senior years of high school. Soto should be valued similarly to the top prospects from the 2016 draft class and could follow the same aggressive promotion pattern as organizational mate Victor Robles.
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Power surge continues against Phillies
OFWashington Nationals
September 12, 2018
Soto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.
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Hits game-winning homer
OFWashington Nationals
September 11, 2018
Soto went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and a walk in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
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Retreats to bench
OFWashington Nationals
September 8, 2018
Soto is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
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Drops clutch single Saturday
OFWashington Nationals
September 1, 2018
Soto went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.
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Launches 16th homer
OFWashington Nationals
August 30, 2018
Soto went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Phillies.
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